FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority recommended funding for three projects to get Regional Cities funding Tuesday.
The Authority’s Board voted to give $498,000 to the South Adams Trails project in Adams County, $323,000 to the Enterprise Center in Steuben County, and $1.6-million to the United Brethren Block in Huntington County.
The South Adams Trail project will improve regional quality of life by re-constructing two historic Pratt Truss iron rail bridges to creatively connect trails across the Wabash River. In addition to the reclamation of the historic bridges, the trail will ultimately connect Berne and Geneva trails to the Poka-Bache Connector trail system.
The Enterprise Center will help meet the workforce needs of regional employers by transforming a 70,000 square foot, five-building area on 4.5 acres near downtown Angola into space for offices, business incubators, co-working and industrial training.
The United Brethren (UB) Block will attract and retain talent by partnering with Huntington University and Pathfinder Services to develop a space that fosters a community of innovation and entrepreneurship for people of all abilities. It also includes plans for 35 apartments above the incubator space.
“The Road to One Million is truly a regional economic development plan. Today’s meeting is a great example of how we are supporting inventive projects that create new opportunities and spur economic growth in our 11-county region,” said RDA board chairman Jeff Turner, senior vice president of Metal Technologies.
The Board’s recommendation now goes to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for review and final approval to receive funding.